For Nurses

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The statewide Nursing Peer Health Assistance Program provides comprehensive services to Colorado APNs, RNs and LPNs who may be experiencing physical, emotional, psychological, or substance use problems. The program objectives are public protection and rehabilitation of nurses.

We Provide:
  • Comprehensive evaluation, case management and monitoring for nurses experiencing physical, emotional, psychological and substance use problems, which could result in impaired practice.
  • Education and information on prevention of physical, emotional, psychological, and substance use problems
  • Community resources
  • 24 hour information line
  • Support for nurse supervisors and family members of nurses with practice affecting issues

Signs & Symptoms of Impaired Practice

Learn more about the signs and symptoms of impaired practice.

Recognizing Signs and Symptoms

Warning Signs in the Workplace 

Self-Screening

Find out whether your alcohol and other drug use is likely to be within safe limits, or if it may be harmful to your health–now or in the future.  LinkingCare.org provides confidential online self-tests to assess substance use patterns.

Make a Referral

Who can refer?

PAS accepts self-referrals and calls from persons who may be concerned about themselves or others. The referral may come from a friend, family member, colleague, supervisor, self, or the State Board of Nursing. Calls are confidential and you do not need to give your name or the name of the individual you are concerned about.

When to refer?

The sooner the better. Call PAS if you have any questions about any physical, emotional, psychological or substance use problem, especially if this issue may affect an individual’s practice, work or wellbeing.

How to make a referral for a licensed nurse

• Call Denver: 303.369.0039 or Toll-free: 866.369.0039

• Call Grand Junction: 970-986-4360

• Ask to speak with our intake coordinator or one of our program managers. You will be asked for information about your relationship to the individual and the nature of your concern. Our staff will talk with you confidentially and guide you through making the referral.

• Give the individual our contact information and emphasize that the services are confidential.

Confidentiality

NOTICE OF FEDERAL REQUIREMENTS REGARDING CONFIDENTIALITY OF ALCOHOL AND DRUG ABUSE RECORDS

The confidentiality of alcohol and drug abuse records maintained by Peer Assistance Services, Inc., is protected by Federal laws and regulations. Generally, we may not say to a person outside the program that a client involved with Peer Assistance Services, Inc., attends the program or disclose any information identifying a client as an alcohol or drug abuser—unless:
1. You consent to the disclosure of information in writing;
2. The disclosure is ordered by a court; or as otherwise mandated by State and/or Federal law;
3. The disclosure is made to medical personnel in a medical emergency or to qualified
personnel for research, audit, or program evaluation.

Violation of the Federal laws and regulations by any program is a crime. Suspected violations may be reported to appropriate authorities in accordance with federal regulations.

Federal laws and regulations do not protect any information about a crime committed by a client either at Peer Assistance Services, Inc., or against any person who works for Peer Assistance Services, Inc., or about any threat to commit a crime.

Federal laws and regulations do not protect any information about suspected child abuse, elder abuse, or neglect from being reported under State law to appropriate State or local authorities. (See 42USC 290dd-3 and 42USC 290ee-3 for Federal laws and 42 CFR Part 2 for Federal regulations and the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) 45 C.F.R. Pts. 160 & 164 and any applicable State of Colorado regulations.)

Staff

Contact Program Staff here 

Resources

Crisis Resources:  Suicide Prevention & Mental Health Crisis, Domestic Violence Resources, Housing Assistance, & Food Assistance

Colorado Board of Nursing

Colorado Nurses Association

International Nurses Society on Addiction

LinkingCare.org  is a referral resource providing easy statewide access to information and services for substance use prevention, treatment and recovery in Colorado.

Colorado Alcoholics Anonymous

Colorado Narcotics Anonymous

Colorado Al-Anon

Disclaimer:We do not necessarily endorse the views expressed on these sites nor do we accept responsibility for the accuracy of the information presented.

Scholarship

The  Jody Gingery Memorial Scholarship 

Jody Gingery, MEd, RN served a director of the Colorado Prescription Drug Abuse Task Force. She provided countless educational sessions and exhibits focused on the reduction of prescription drug misuse and abuse. She was instrumental in the passage of the Prescription Drug Monitoring Program legislation. PAS is pleased to offer this scholarship in honor of her dedication to the prevention and intervention of substance use disorders. This $1,000 scholarship is available annually to a nurse or student of nursing with an interest in the prevention, recognition and treatment of alcoholism and other substance abuse. Applications  are due May 1

 

Program is funded by license fees and provided under a contract with the Colorado State Board of Nursing